Insects which can inject venom into the skin can cause severe allergic reactions. Most people do get some redness and swelling after being bit by an insect. However other people can have much more serious reactions, including possibly life threatening reactions. There are several insects that cause these reactions such as yellow jackets, honeybees, paper wasps, hornets and fire ants. All of these insects are present in Chicago, and many of these insects attack with little warning.
A serious reaction can sometimes be identified by itching, rash, swelling of the throat or tongue, difficulty breathing, dizziness, nausea or diarrhea. These symptoms should notify you to seek immediate medical attention. Because these symptoms can be very serious, it is important to visit with a specialist such as the doctors at Chicago Allergy & Asthma who can perform tests to accurately make a diagnosis.
Contact our office today if you are having an allergic reaction after coming into contact with an insect. Our expert physican can help with diagnosis and treatment right away.